Want to know more about the local issues that affect your livelihood? Skylights, IAR's newest members-only online tool will enable you to stay current on the local issues impacting your business and private property rights. Find your political district, learn about advocacy issues and get involved in Calls to Action with Skylights.
Multiple offers are good news for the market, but how you handle those offers is determined by your buyer or seller client. In anIARbuzz blog post , IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance looks at how the Code of Ethics guides you in dealing with multiple offers. The topic of multiple offers was also discussed in the May 23 IAR Legal Webinar , which is available as a free download for IAR members (login required).
Join Matthew Ferrara for his Top 10 tips for maximizing Facebook and Twitter in Wednesday's IAR "Lunch and Learn" webinar . You'll learn how to expand your online presence, generate interaction with friends and followers, and drive repeat business and referrals by focusing on your sphere of influence. Click here to register  for this FREE, one-hour webinar that begins at noon.
On July 4th, the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) invites you to celebrate with them at their exclusive Non-Event benefiting the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops. Watch and share this video  of REALTOR® Christopher Mitchell explaining their non-event for a very good cause and RSVP at ypn.illinoisrealtor.org .
With the Illinois General Assembly in the final week of session, here is a quick status update  on some of the key bills your IAR lobbyists are working on before the May 31 scheduled adjournment.Watch a new video  update from IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin and read the latest State Capitol Report .
In North Barrington a fire sprinkler mandate (that could add up to $10,000 or more to the cost of a new home) was defeated for the third time and allies elected to the village board helped advocate against the measure. REALTORS® support homeowner choice over a government mandate for costly fire sprinkler installation. Learn more about fire sprinkler battles  around the state and RPAC support of pro-REALTORS® , pro-business candidates for public office . (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Take the course without leaving home! June 21 & 22, August 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Call 800-523-5077 for details andlook here  for classroom dates at the IAR Licensing & Training Center's 60-plus branch locations statewide.
Statewide home sales totaled 12,621, a 25.3 percent jump compared to last year and the strongest April showing since 2007, according to the latest IAR home sales report . The Chicagoland area and the city of Chicago also saw double-digit sales increases in April and median prices also rose. Find clickable county-by-county data, market talking points and the U of I forecast in IAR Members Only Market Stats  (login required). Nationally, April existing-home sales also increased slightly but are being constrained by limited inventory and tight credit, NAR reports .
If you are interested in serving on a committee or working group in 2014, or lending your expertise when a particular issue arises, please complete the online form  and return it by June 1, 2013.
MREDpalooza , Chicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.
Illinois YPN Non-Event benefiting Homes for Our Troops. RSVP at ypn.illinoisrealtor.org .
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